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I mostly play old period songs, as they suit a ukulele more. I bought it when I saw the tribute concert to George Harrison. Joe Brown came on and sang 'I'll See You In My Dreams,' and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
It's a question of keeping one's eyes and ears open and watching how other people play the game. They're watching me too, to see what my attitude is like.
If I was to put a little flag in everywhere I've been in the world, there'd be a lot of little flags.
We had five goats, two dogs, a cat and racks of commentaries on Shakespeare.
Politics is the most corrupt profession on Earth, no matter where you are.
You have to be selfish to be an actor.
A while ago, I did a television adaptation of 'Bleak House,' and the character I played, as far as I was concerned, had no redeeming features whatsoever. I wasn't about to try to find any; I didn't need to.
I've never been one for late nights, which is why I have always preferred making films to theatre. A play takes over your life: you start to feel sick at lunchtime, and by mid-afternoon, you're wishing for a bomb scare so the whole thing will be called off. Of course, if the evening goes well and you get the applause, then it's wonderful.
A handful of older, romantic leading men, like Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Robert Redford are still landing parts.
I like approbation. Any actor who tells you they don't is lying.
I phoned this number and said, Please, sir, I want to be an actor.
I'm playing one of the principal roles, which gives you more clout and more confidence.
Actors can't retire. If actors retired, there would be nobody left to play old, wrinkly people. You have to keep going, darling - don't you?
I think it's counterproductive for actors to come to the set with well-thumbed copies of the book their film is adapted from.
I'm riddled with cynicism. Whenever anyone says 'trust me,' the hairs go up on the back of my neck.
I like to keep up with London theatre, but it is a question of time.
I love the Restoration. It's a bit like coming out of the John Major era into the optimism of Tony Blair.
Most feature films are 35-40 shooting days.
Most films are written and made with a hero around 35, or even 25.
When you get to a certain age, the work begins to thin out.
You have to attempt to be objective about yourself.
I would have liked to have worked with Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield, but they're dead now.
People think I have the benefit of a public school education. I have this suave and debonair label, but really, I'm as common as muck.
Power is always a corrupting influence.
We have to take risks in British television. It has to stop playing to the lowest common denominator and patronising people.
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